I'd think spring would be likely to be wetter, but if you are considering going then check historic averages on weatherspark.com or weatherunderground to be sure.
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The handling of the Bromoton is a little nervous compared to my LHT but I'm confident that it is up to the task.
You say that the climbs are steep but according to the gpx they rarely reach 6%. Do you think that is innacurate?
If you are planning for this summer (2016) you are really pushing it and I wouldn't advise it at all. If you plan for next summer, (2017), yes it's quite doable.I somewhat disagree. The biggest hurdle will be your lack of camping experience and gear. Three of us did the Trans America on a whim and on pretty short notice. The only real difference is that we were all experienced at camping and outdoor activities. By the time you could get up to speed and have all your gear sorted you would want to start in the West (the later in the season you go the more the preference shifts to a W-E trip).
Personally, I thought the mountains in western Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and central Missouri (Ozarks) were the toughest on the TransAm. By comparison, the passes in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana were easy grades. Yes, they were long, but the grades were much easier.That was my observation as well.
I am a pretty obsessive weight weenie when it comes to packing gear, but a bit less so on the bike. That said brifters are typically heavier than the combined weight of brake levers and down tube shifters. Additionally there is less cable and cable housing. Those differences are kind of moot to me though since my preference on how they work is a bigger deal.Down tube shifters are simple and weigh less than any other kind of shifter.Not to get too far into "weight weeneism" here but, while the downtube lever themselves weigh less than other shifter types, you have to add the weight of the brake levers to get a fair comparison. STI's, Ergo's and the Gevenalle shifters include the brake levers in their weight claims.
If I am picturing what happened correctly, your chain doubled over itself, creating a loop. My GF did that a few weeks ago, and it's happened to me before.. If that's what happened, next time take a deep breath and work through the problem visually. With the chain on one of the chainrings, you know which is the side is the "underside" (the side that comes in contact with the sprockets of the chainrings and cogs, and which side is the "outerside" (the side that does not come into contact with the sprockets). Use that orientation to address the tangle.I agree. The language here seems a little confusing, but it sounds correct and I can't improve upon it. I think that the key point is to think through where the chain is, where it is supposed to be, and in what orientation and you can always get it back into place, Since it might require some force understanding where it is and where it wants to be is key. You don't want to force it is a direction that it doesn't want to go.
Another run would be the stretch between Lander and Rawlins, WY. Nothing to stop for, although if the wind turns against you it'll make stopping at Jeffrey City a really good idea.If I remember correctly we had a headwind going the other way in June of 2007 and typical weather patterns make a tail wind likely for you there. So if you have not gotten your century in by then it may be a good time to do it. You just never know about the winds though.
Also beware that stores do not stock the same merchandise in all locations. So if xyz mart has item x up and down the west coast it doesn't necessarily mean they will have it in Kansas. I know that we found the canisters at various chain stores in some parts of the country and not others.
We did have trouble finding canisters from Pueblo to Virginia. I know others claim Walmart has them everywhere but we did not find that to be the case.
Yes, I posted this info a few years ago. Walmart did stock Coleman branded "MSR" style isobutane cartridges on the shelves for a few years but apparently no longer. Now they only sell Primus/Optimus cannisters through Walmart dotcom. That means you'd have to order in advance to have one waiting for you. Alternatively, find one at an outdoors store which may be scarce on some sections of the route.